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Samsung to investigate claims of supplier’s underage employees

Samsung to investigate claims of supplier’s underage employees

Samsung personnel with be heading off to Huizhou, China tomorrow to investigate claims that one of its suppliers is employing underage workers. This investigation comes after the China Labor Watch said it found that seven workers under 16 years of age were working at HEG Electronics. Now Samsung is going to conduct an investigation of its own to make sure nothing shady is going on behind the scenes.

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Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

One of the damning arguments used against Samsung in its trial against Apple was the return rate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab range to Best Buy stores. The high return rates were supposedly attributed to customers mistaking the tablets for iPads, although new survey information from Best Buy conducted by Samsung shows that it might not quite be that simple. Samsung conducted a survey across 30 Best Buy stores across the United States in 2011 that showed the most popular reason for return was a high malfunction rate.

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Apple opening remarks vs Samsung “easier to copy than to innovate”

Apple opening remarks vs Samsung “easier to copy than to innovate”

This morning Apple has made its opening statement in a landmark case vs Samsung which will result, more than likely, in the exchanging of billions of dollars in damages for patent infringement on the part of one or both of them in the mobile device realm. Apple's opening remarks come with what we've seen several times before, including such remarks as, "we all know it’s easier to copy than to innovate," from Apple lead attorney Harold McElhinny. Samsung's opening statements will come later in the day while Apple has had the first hour and a half.

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Samsung working on 11.8″ 2560×1600 tablet

Samsung working on 11.8″ 2560×1600 tablet

The Apple vs Samsung trial began yesterday, with lawyers from both sides trying to pick the jury in the case while relevant court documents were made available to the public. One interested piece of information found within? The Verge discovered that Samsung is working on a tablet with a Retina-like display, an 11.8-inch slate with a resolution of 2560x1600. The tablet is codenamed “P10”, and looks to include LTE connectivity too.

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Zynga hit with investigation over questionable stock sell-off

Zynga hit with investigation over questionable stock sell-off

Things just went from bad to worse for some of the folks at Zynga. Earlier this week the company delivered a less-than-stellar quarterly financial report, and now Ars Technica is reporting that some executives and shareholders are under investigation for dumping over $500 million in stock before the bad news hit and Zynga's stock price took a dive. In other words, a few Zynga higher-ups could be in a whole lot of trouble.

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UK High Court overturns Twitter joke conviction

UK High Court overturns Twitter joke conviction

Back in January 2010, Robin Hood Airport was closed thanks to a flurry of snow. Paul Chambers took to Twitter over the closure, posting: “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your sh*t together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” The tweet was intended as a joke, yet a UK court didn’t see it that way, convicting Chambers in May 2010 of sending a “menacing electronic communication.” After several appeals, Chambers has finally overturned the conviction.

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Apple granted stay on “Samsung didn’t copy us” ads

Apple granted stay on “Samsung didn’t copy us” ads

Last week, a UK court found that Samsung’s range of Galaxy Tabs didn’t infringe on the design of the iPad. As a result of the verdict, Apple was ordered by the court to advertise the fact on its website for a period of six months, and also run advertisements in newspapers. The company naturally appealed the verdict, and yesterday was granted a stay on the ruling. Apple has managed to escape advertising the lack of infringement, although it’s a temporary delay until the trial is played out in court in the coming months.

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Apple denies copying Samsung’s 3G homework

Apple denies copying Samsung’s 3G homework

One of the trials between Apple and Samsung has already kicked off in Australia, and day two of the case saw Apple arguing over its implementation of a 3G patent owned by Samsung. Samsung believes that Apple is infringing on the patetn, while Cupertino argues that while it does use the 3G standard, its implementation of the method is different than what Samsung has filed for. The patent relates to power management while using 3G data services.

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Tim Cook reportedly met with Samsung execs over patent case

Tim Cook reportedly met with Samsung execs over patent case

Apple and Samsung’s trial is expected to start in the United States on July 30th, but both companies were ordered by Judge Koh to sit down and discuss the possibility of mediation. Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Samsung executives Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyun on July 16th, according to a Korea Times article that has since been removed. It marks the second time that high-level executives at the companies have met to discuss the case.

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Motorola Android device import ban takes effect today

Motorola Android device import ban takes effect today

Microsoft scored a win against Motorola back in May, with the ITC ruling that the smartphone manufacturer had violated an ActiveSync patent on its handsets. The ban is scheduled to come into effect starting from today, but Motorola has said that it has a plan that will allow its products to remain available to customers. The company issued a statement regarding the imminent ban, saying only that it had taken “proactive measures” to ensure its devices remain available.

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